Dietetic Technician (Culinary Dietetic Option) (226A)
The Dietetic Technician program prepares students
to function at the generalist level of dietetic care under the
supervision of a registered dietitian. Typical duties include
supervision of employees, menu planning, patient interviewing,
diet instruction for routine modification, employee training,
food purchasing and supervision of food production. The dietetic
technician is an integral part of the health care team in an occupation
offering both personal and financial rewards.
The multi-disciplinary training will enable
graduates to use culinary arts, nutrition and food service management
skills in a variety of traditional and non-traditional job settings.
Successful completion of this program qualifies graduates to take
the national registration examination. Typical job titles can
include: personal chef, clinical dietetic technician, food service
director and research dietetic technician.
Demand for dietetic technicians comes from nursing homes, clinics, residential care facilities
and the increased desire for personal chefs. The starting salary is typically $24,000-$30,000.
Upon completion of the dietetic technician program, students may
apply for membership in the American
Dietetic Association (ADA). Graduates of this program meet
licensure requirements under Public Law 59A-4.100. Successful
completion of the program qualifies graduates to take the national
registration examination administered through the Commission
on Dietetic Registration. Passing of this examination certifies
candidates as Dietetic Technicians, Registered (D.T.R.).
This program is accredited by the Commission
on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the ADA, 127 S.
Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995.
Estimated tuition is $4,050 (for Florida residents, as of 7/05). Contact the program manager for addtional costs (textbooks, materials, fees).
Not all core courses are offered every term.
There is a specified order in which some courses must be completed.
The recommended sequence is available in a student handout. After
enrolling at Florida Community College and completing general
testing and counseling, students must meet with the dietetic professor
or program manager to initiate “The Steps For Successful
Completion of Core Courses.”
- Placement test scores shall meet minimum
requirements for entrance into college-level English and mathematics
courses, or the proper remediation courses must be taken. Students
cannot enroll in further dietetic technician core courses until
remedial courses are completed.
- First semester students must complete core
courses HUN 1201 and FSS 1202 with a C or higher.
If presently enrolled in these courses, mid-term grades will
be used and continuation in the program will be conditional
upon completion of courses with C or higher.
- Students must follow the dietetic technician
program course sequence. Many core courses offered in sequence
meet only once a year.
By November 1, students will submit a completed
application for successful continuation in the program courses
to the Institute of the South office.
|General Education Courses
||English Composition I
||Fundamentals of Speech Communication
||*Social and Behavioral Sciences
||Food Production I
||Food Production II
||Introductory Computer Concepts
| or CGS 1570 Microcomputer Applications
||Clinical Nutrition, Phase I
||Supervision and Personnel Management
||Clinical Nutrition, Phase II
||Clinical Nutrition, Practicum I — Lab/Clinical
||Introduction to Education
||Sanitation and Safety Management
||Principles of Biology I
||Clinical Nutrition, Practicum II — Lab/Clinical
||Dining Room Management
||Culinary Management Internship I
||American Regional Foods
||Management of Food and Beverage Purchasing
Total Credit Hours: 64
*Refer to A.S. degree General
Students enrolled in the food production courses are required
to purchase a basic knife set, an approved chefs uniform and
black non-skid shoes. Textbooks are required for a majority of
Students must supply their own health and professional
liability insurance coverage while enrolled in the program. The
companies, who provide internship sites, require students to have
health and professional liability insurance coverage while on
You have two options in this program: the associate
in science (A.S.) degree, which can prepare you for employment
or transfer to a state university, and the associate in applied
science (A.A.S.) degree, which is intended primarily for students
who want immediate employment after graduation. If you choose
the A.S. degree you must take MAC 1105, MGF 1106 or a higher level
mathematics. The A.A.S. degree requires MAT 1033 or higher. Please
see an advisor to determine the option that is best for you.